IT Career Ladder

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Computer Information Systems Career Cluster
The Career Ladder project is to help students get an idea of where they want to go in life. Research for this report included information from academic journals, management books, and online sources. Everything I found indicates that to reach the top of a successful career you need to dedicate a numerous amount of time. While it is clear that each rung of your career ladder has different skill and education requirements, you should not let that stop you from seeing the big picture. The more we put into anything the more you can get out of it. From this report you can see that three to five years may not get you to the top. Only receiving your bachelors may not be enough. No matter what it takes you have to keep advancing and getting better to reach your dream. I recommend that anyone reading this that has a dream of reaching a higher level position continue to work for it and not let having to spend more time gaining knowledge stop you.

The ultimate career goal in my life is to become an IT manager. Therefore, I would fall under the IT cluster. From what I’ve found there are four different career pathways. The pathways include: Information support and services. Programming and software development. Network systems. And Interactive media. Since an IT manager is the highest position you can hold in the IT field, I’d start off in an entry level position. To work in this field common degrees include BA of Computer Science or BA of Computer Information Systems. Although these are preferred you can still work in IT with a degree in another area. Many companies will want you to have certain certifications like C++, Cisco Systems, and Check Point Software. Technology is constantly updating so you have to stay literate. Information and support services holds more employees than any other IT pathway. My choice as a Computer System Support Specialist would fall specifically under this pathway.

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